Garage Door Maintenance: Are You on Schedule?
In order to give your home years of dependable service, a garage door requires ongoing maintenance to keep it in top working order. After all, it’s much easier to fix little things along the way than to suffer through the inconvenience (or danger) of a major breakdown. Here is a short overview of the type […]
In order to give your home years of dependable service, a garage door requires ongoing maintenance to keep it in top working order. After all, it’s much easier to fix little things along the way than to suffer through the inconvenience (or danger) of a major breakdown. Here is a short overview of the type of maintenance schedule that works well for most types of doors: just be sure for safety’s sake to always have all work performed by a well-trained and experienced professional.
There’s no doubt about it: springs are the workhorses of any garage door since they are in charge of about 95% of the open/close cycle! They are also the most dangerous component of your door, so you should always pay close attention to the shape they’re in and if they are performing properly. There is no set one-size-fits-all maintenance schedule for springs since the wear and tear they undergo depends entirely on how much you use the door.
It is easier to tell if they are worn out if your door is manually operated: it will either be hard to lower if springs are out of adjustment, or the door will slam to the ground if the springs are loose or worn out. For doors with automatic openers, visually inspect it once a month for signs of breakage, or call a pro immediately if the door struggles to open and close or makes a suspicious noise.
As a rule, anything that involves moving parts should be lubricated every four months or so. A non-silicone based lubricant works best. Again, although many homeowners feel they can perform this task themselves, unless you know what you’re doing it’s always wisest to call in a pro. When the rollers become noisy they start sliding and not rolling, thus leaving gouged, black marks on the track: that’s your sign that they need to be replaced ASAP.
Every 6 months, make a visual inspection of your cables. If they show signs of starting to fray, it’s time to get them replaced. High quality cables (those made up of 9 strands as opposed to 7) will last a lot longer than their cheaper counterparts, but you should nevertheless always keep an eye out for signs of wear on these essential garage door components.
Keep a check list taped to your garage wall, and make a note every time you do an inspection to help you stay organized and on schedule. And remember, a trusted Utah garage doors maintenance and repair specialist like A+ Garage Doors is a valuable partner in helping you prevent major problems and keeping your door healthy, operational, and safe.